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Full Cost Guide of 10×10 Kitchen Remodel: All Costs Included

A 10×10 kitchen is an easy way to compare different quotes. It makes it easy to figure out how changes you make to the layout or materials change the price. In this article, I’ll explain everything there is to know about a 10×10 kitchen remodel and all the costs involved.

On average, it costs $15,000 to remodel a 10×10 kitchen. The price will vary based on the area of the country your home is located. For example, in areas such as San Francisco Bay, Chicago, and New York you can pay double this price. Or, $30,000 or more.

Below, I’ll go through the individual cost of each of the different components and labor costs that go into remodeling a 10×10 kitchen. That way you’ll know exactly how much to budget for. Additionally, I’ll explain what areas to spend more money to increase the value of your home if you want to sell it later on.

Cost for Everything Involved in Remodeling a 10×10 Kitchen

There are many different labor costs and things that you need to remodel a kitchen. Things like ripping out anything existing, reinstalling everything new, and finishing, such as painting the walls and ceiling.

Below, I’ll provide a cost breakdown of everything that’s involved, but here’s an initial list of everything you need to think about including when it comes to the cost of remodeling your kitchen:

  • Ripping out anything existing in the kitchen
  • New appliances
  • New cabinets
  • New countertops
  • New flooring
  • Painting the walls and ceiling
  • Backsplash
  • Lighting

The cost to completely gut an existing kitchen for a remodel costs around $1,000 to $3,000.

Cost of New Appliances

It’s possible to can keep some of the appliances. But, if you want to replace all of them brand new, here’s the cost of everything you’ll need.

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Stove top/gas cooker$400 to $5000
Oven$350 to $15,000
Microwave$100 to $600
Fridge freezer$500 to $2700
Electric chimney (above stove top cooker)$300 to $500
Total$1750 to $25,800

I haven’t included smaller appliances such as a juicer, toaster, or blender. These are typically in the $100 price range but can be MUCH more expensive depending on the quality. But, these aren’t permanent parts of a kitchen so I haven’t included them in these costings.

Cost of Brand New Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets are a bit different from the other measurements because they only go on two walls typically. Therefore, they’re measured in what’s called linear feet. This is the length of both walls. 

A 10×10 kitchen is 10 feet by 10 feet (3 meters by 3 meters). This is 100 sq feet (9 square meters). But, is 20 linear feet (6 meters).

Here’s a table that shows the total cost of the just the cabinets in a kitchen remodel:

Labor & Cost of
Cost of cabinets$4,000 to $13,000
Labor installation (15 hours work)$2,000 to $5,600
Total$6,000 to $18,600

The cost of cabinets varies based on the quality of the materials used for the cabinets and the design. Some cabinets have a particularly appealing look. This can increase the perceived value of a home.

At the end of this article, I’ll cover what areas offer the best bang for your buck in a kitchen remodel, according to expert re-modelers.

Here’s how you get to the costings of the above table:

  • The cost per linear foot for cabinets is on average $100-$280.
  • The cost of labor to install cabinets is $60 to $90 an hour. 
  • It typically takes about 15 hours to install all the cabinets for a 10×10 kitchen, or $150-$380 per linear foot. 

These numbers were used to calculate the total cost above of $6,000 to $18,600

Cost for New Floors

With flooring, the price differs a lot based on the type of flooring you want. Tiles or hardwood floors are the gold standard. But, other options can be OK.

For example, polished concrete can be good for a home that has an industrial-style architecture. Here’s a table that shows how much you can expect to pay based on the material.

All prices are to have the floor fully installed:

Type of FlooringCost per Square Foot
Cost of Total Floor
(100 sq ft)
Ceramic or porcelain tile$8 $30$800 to $3,000
Vinyl or linoleum$3 to $10$300 to $1000
Polished concrete$3 to $15$300 to $1,500
Laminate$6 to $9$600 to $900
Hardwood$10 to $18$1,000 to 1,800

Cost for New Lighting

In a 10×10 kitchen, you need a minimum of 3 lights

A good lighting setup can really make a difference to the feel of a space. And there’s a minimum amount of lighting you should consider based on the amount of square footage you have:

For a 10×10 kitchen, you need a minimum of 3 lights:

  • A single light costs $200 per fixture on average
  • 3 lights for a 10×10 kitchen = $600
  • The cost to install the new light fixture is $100 to $480 per fixture

$600 for the light fixtures + installation that costs $300 to $1440 total. Means the total cost to install new light fixtures = $900 to $2,040.

Cost to Paint the Walls and Ceiling

The walls and the ceiling will need to be painted in most cases. It’s common to install a backsplash on one or both walls that have the cabinets. But to paint the walls, here’s how much it will cost:

  • $1 to $2 per square foot 
  • 10 feet long, 9 feet high = $90 to $180 per wall
  • 2 walls, $180 to $360
  • 3 walls, $270 to $540
  • 4 walls, $360 to $720

And for the ceiling:

  • Ceiling = $200 to $400
  • 2 walls and the ceiling is $380 to $760
  • 3 walls and the ceiling is $470 to $940
  • 4 walls and the ceiling is $560 to $1,120

Therefore, the total price to paint a 10×10 kitchen is on average, $380 to $1,120.

Tiling the Backsplash – A Good Place to Invest

The backsplash is required for behind the sink, and behind the stove. The reason is grease and grime from cooking, and water splashes can damage and discolor the wall. The average cost to tile a backsplash is:

  • $25 to $45 per square foot
  • Based on the area of a backsplash it costs on average a $2250 to $4050

That’s based on tiling the entire wall behind the stovetop and the sink. However, it’s possible to have a backsplash that only goes partway up the wall. And this can reduce the cost by 50% to 75%.

Cost of New Countertops

A high-quality countertop is one of the most seen parts of a kitchen. Therefore, it makes a big difference what material you use for them. For a 10×10 kitchen here’s a table that shows the cost per square meter. And the cost for all of the countertops.

Type of
Cost per sq ft
(0.1 sq meters)
Cost of all
Marble$75 to $250$3375 to $11250
Granite$45 to $200$2025 to $9000
Engineered quartz$55 to $155$2475 to $6975
Slate$50 to $65$2250 to $2925
Soapstone$60 to $185$2700 to $8325
Lava stone$250 to $300$11250 to $13500
Limestone$55 to $125$2475 to $5625
Travertine$50 to $100$2250 to $4500
Concrete$75 to $125$3375 to $5625
Stainless steel$80 to $225$3600 to $10125
Solid surface$35 to $85$1575 to $3825
Recycled glass$50 to $125$2250 to $5625
Wood or butchers block$55 to $200$2475 to $9000
Reclaimed wood$115 to $300$5175 to $13500
Porcelain$60 to $100$2700 to $4500
Tile$18 to $35$810 to $1575
Laminate$15 to $40$100 to $200

The average price range is $100 to $13500. But, this includes laminate which is extremely cheap compared to other countertops. This also doesn’t include the cost of installation which runs about $1000.

If you take away laminate, and also add the cost of labor then the average cost for the countertop is $1810 to $14500.

These prices are based on covering 15 linear feet. Which is 75% of both walls, accounting for the fridge and the stovetop. A countertop with plenty of room is 3 feet wide (1 meter).

This makes the total countertop area 45 sq ft. It’s possible to have an island in a 10×10 kitchen too. Here’s a video that shows some interesting designs:

If you do want to have an island in your 10×10 kitchen expect to pay an additional 40% to 50% for the total cost of the countertops.

Total Cost of Everything to Remodel a 10×10 Kitchen

Now that I’ve covered the individual cost of everything required to remodel a 10×10 kitchen, here’s a table that shows the average cost of each of them, with a total at the end:

Remodeling TaskCost
Ripping out everything$1,000 to $3,000
Appliances$1750 to $25,800
Cabinets$6,000 to $18,600
Flooring materials and installation$300 to $1800
Lighting$900 to $2,040
Painting (2 walls completely and ceiling)$380 to $760
Tile the backsplash$2250 to $4050
Countertop$1810 to $14500
Total$15670 to $70,550

Therefore, if you get the best deals on your 10×10 kitchen remodel you can expect to pay $15670. But, if you want the best quality then about $50,000 and above is a reasonable price.

The highest-priced parts of a kitchen remodel are the cabinets and the countertops. And the cheapest are painting the walls and the flooring.

Best Place to Spend on Kitchen Remodel to Increase Value of Home

If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck in the kitchen remodel, and want to spend more on the bits that will increase the value of your home the most, expert remodelers recommend spending extra on two areas:

  • The countertops
  • The backsplash

There are a range of different countertop designs. For example, you can get a countertop that goes over the edge and down to the floor. They say that spending an extra $5000 on a custom countertop can add $20,000 to the resale value of a home.

The same is true of a high-quality backsplash. Especially one with unique-looking tiles, and tiles that go all the way up the wall. While it’s not a guarantee, these are the areas that they recommend spending extra money.

How Much It Costs To Install 10×10 Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are the most expensive parts of doing a kitchen remodel. But, it’s a good idea to know how much is reasonable to spend on cabinets for a 10×10 kitchen. Here’s some ballpark figures for both the labor and the cost of the cabinets.

On average, it costs $6,000 to $18,600 to install cabinets in a 10×10 kitchen. The average cost of the cabinets is $4,000 to $13,000, and the average cost of labor is $2,000 to $5,600. The labor typically takes 15 hours total. The cost of the cabinets varies depending on the quality.

The cost of kitchen cabinets accounts for roughly 30% of the total cost of a kitchen remodel. It’s important to note that this is an average price. Depending on the specific State/city that you live in dramatically increases or decreases the price. However, this is balanced out by average income, and living costs.

Can You Put an Island in a 10×10 Kitchen

As mentioned earlier, a 10×10 kitchen is plenty big enough to be very roomy. An island is a really nice feature in a kitchen and allows you more space to prepare food, and eat or drink in the kitchen. But, is it possible to put an island in a 10×10 kitchen?

As a general rule, it’s possible to put an island in a 10×10 kitchen. An island fits very well in a 10×10 kitchen. However, it does limit walking room to around 3 feet (1 meter) between the island and the countertops.

An island can dramatically improve the functionality of the space. It’s also very good if you have friends and family over because it can provide another area to eat meals.